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Jabs For The Boys: let's beat HPV

Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cancer and other serious diseases in both sexes.

Girls in the UK are vaccinated. Boys are not.

For Parents

For Parents

Thinking about getting your son vaccinated? Everything about HPV and the vaccine for the parents of boys.
For straight men

For straight men

Everything about HPV and the vaccine for men who have sex with women.
For boys

For boys

Everything about HPV and the vaccine for 12-15 year olds.
For gay and bisexual men

For gay and bisexual men

Everything about HPV and the vaccine for men who have sex with other men.
For health professionals

For health professionals

Information about HPV and the vaccine for health professionals.
HPV causes cancer and other serious diseases.
7,000+
HPV cancers every year in the UK
5
% of cancers caused by HPV
200
Types of HPV virus
16 & 18
Most dangerous types of HPV

What is HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect the skin and moister areas of the body such as the cervix, anus, mouth and throat.

HPV is usually passed on through sexual or skin-to-skin contact. It causes 5% of all cancers in men and women as well as other diseases.

But isn't there an HPV vaccine?

Yes.

Since 2008, all girls in the UK have been offered the vaccine by the NHS with the result that, today, the vast majority of girls are vaccinated.

But boys are not.

So why aren't boys vaccinated?

Two reasons:

When HPV vaccination began in the UK in 2008, there was less evidence about the cancers the virus could cause in men. And some people also think that, by vaccinating girls, boys are also protected.

So what’s the problem?

We now know for sure that HPV causes many cases of cancer in men and also genital warts. Also, vaccinating girls does not in fact protect all boys and men.

That’s why boys and men should consider HPV vaccination too.

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